Pitt | Swanson Engineering

 The Co-op Program for chemistry students:

• Chemistry students tend to start co-op after completion of their sophomore year. Students complete two work rotations (each a semester long) and can gain two credits towards a “research” elective. Students are also required to write a short, one page article for an edition of the Chem Major News and a more in-depth paper describing their co-op experience which the Chemistry department advisor will grade. Chemistry students can start a co-op at the beginning of a fall, spring or summer semester.
• Students can consider a dual rotation of eight months together or the traditional schedule of two alternating rotations in which a student will interchange between work and school. A co-op schedule can be approved prior to considering what schedules are preferred by different employers.
• The average monthly salary for a chemistry co-ops is $2426.
• Students with chemistry knowledge can gain co-op experience in many industries, including but not limited to: pharmaceutical, manufacturing, fuel, environmental, and biotechnology.

Department Information:

The co-op faculty advisor is Chemistry is Dr. George Bandik. Dr. Bandik is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Chemistry and he can approve co-op schedules and answer any questions you may have on the academic side of co-op.

What chemistry students are saying about their co-ops:

“I have learned a better understanding of the corporate world and the development line that each product continues down until the final goal is reached. I’ve also learned how to build relationships with my coworkers.” - Amanda Dieffenderfer, Mine Safety Appliances

“It has taught me to work with others, as well as in depth knowledge about sales and production forecasting.” - Alex Lash, Spartech, Inc.

“The task is challenging because there are many components to it, and lots of instruments to use, so of course I come across technical difficulties all the time, so there is problem solving involved, also the theory behind my research is interesting to learn about”.
-Lilly Roy, Pfizer Global Research and Development